Top Ranked Computer Programming Degree - Denver, CO

Students interested in studying computer programming in Denver, CO, have many schools to choose from. Read about the top local school's degree programs and tuition info to find out if it's the right one for you.

School Information

Most of the schools offering computer programming studies in the Denver area are for-profit institutions. Based on school type, school size and student services, the following public community college is considered a top school in the Denver area for computer programming:

  • Winner: Red Rocks Community College is a public, 2-year college located about 17 miles outside of Denver in Lakewood, CO. It is the only public school within 20 miles of Denver with programs in computer programming. It is also the largest school in terms of student population to grant certificates and 2-year degrees in computer programming.

School Info Chart

Category Red Rocks Community College
Location Lakewood, Colorado
School Type 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $3,224 (in state); $12,123 (out-of-state)*
Computer Programming Awards Offered Certificate and associate's degree
Computer Programming Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 2*
Most Popular Computer Programming Level in 2012-2013 Certificate (2 awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class 21%*
Noteworthy Associate of Arts/Associate of Science General Education Transfer Program accepted by all Colorado 4-year state colleges and universities

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

Red Rocks Community College

  • Average class size less than 20 students
  • College offers many services, including child care, advising and free tutoring
  • Cyber Security Scholarship Program implemented in 2014 to financially help incoming and current students of the computer information systems program, including those in the programming area of emphasis

Red Rocks Community College is home to roughly 8,500 students annually and offers more than 150 undergraduate programs. The school's Computer Technology Department offers certificate and associate degree programs in areas like business technology, computer science and computer information systems.

The Certificate in Computer Information Systems program with an area of emphasis in programming specialist includes 34-37 focused credit hours with limited options for electives. Students explore mobile application programming, database design, networking, UNIX, system analysis and JavaScript. The Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems with a programming specialist option, unlike the certificate program, requires the completion of approximately 29 core courses for graduation. These could include mastering basic computer technology concepts in areas like word processing, spreadsheets, databases and desktop publishing. Courses in database design, networking, C++ programming and UNIX are required.

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